Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam
(3.2/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
The Allard Pierson Museum is the archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam. It is situated at the Oude Turfmarkt 127 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Artifacts from the ancient civilizations of ancient Egypt, the Near East, the Greek World, Etruria, and the Roman Empire are curated and exhibited in this museum.Allard PiersonThe name of the Allard Pierson Museum derives from the first professor of classical archaeology at the University of Amsterdam, Allard Pierson (1831–1896). This former clergyman was invited in 1877 to occupy the chair of Aesthetics, Art History, and Modern Languages at the newly founded university. His passion for antiquity, fuelled by his travels to the Mediterranean area, led to his assembling a collection of plaster casts from 1877 to 1895.FoundingThe second professor of archeology at the University of Amsterdam, Jan Six, had a large personal collection of books and antique objects. At his death in 1926, the university had interest in acquiring his collection. In 1932, Pierson's son Jan Lodewijk established the Allard Pierson Foundation in order to make the antiquities collection available for research and teaching. The collection was brought to a building on the Weesperzijde in Amsterdam, with the top floor serving as a museum.
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  • It may not be an obvious first choice, but this heritage-museum is really worth it. For an introduction to the ancient cultures of Egypt and the Middle East, it is absolutely worth it. It is not easy to find how the museum works and what (a part) of the probably permanent collection is one where the temporary exhibition begins. I saw that with the title ' encounters with the Orient '. Very surprising to learn that have had high scientific level that place from the middle-ages and how much the development of our Western knowledge and culture owes to those contacts with the Middle East that unfortunately in recent centuries has to undergo so much violence and destruction.
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  • Currently, archaeology, great fun for children is the movie and whether the shards figure out found in an old cesspool. but perhaps more explanation about how great the museum actually is and/or why the helmets look as if there were only small children used to be, it would not be wrong. Most people that come there are no archaeologist. but the Egyptian images etc. are extremely impressive.
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  • We were sad that the Etruscan collection was not viewable and the Roman collection only partially viewable, but our 3 hours in the ArcheoHotspot more than made up for any disappointment! Visitors are ...  more »
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  • I'm not really a specialist about the theme but it turns out to be a great experience visiting the museum since one of the helpers, who is a phD studying history in UvA explained thoroughly to me and my friend. And then I learnt that many of the displays there are real but not fake. Certainly deserve to take a look there and talk to the guide.
  • Ok archeological museum. Not super special but fine if you're into the subject.
  • Fine museum. I especially like the Egyptian collection. Visited during the DWDD pop-up museum exhibition, which was unfortunately one big mess.
  • I hadn't yet the opportunity to visit it all but I'm looking forward to be back because it seems really interesting. I participated in a meeting about digital museum in a special conference room and the personnel at the front desk has been very helpful and kind giving me the right information.
  • Interesting exhibits, especially the ancient Egyptian section. Worth noting some of the information was only in Dutch, the main text had English translation.